Former girlfriend of PKK leader Ocalan detained in Germany
(dpa) - A former girlfriend of jailed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) founder Abdullah Ocalan has been arrested in Germany and is in detention pending extradition proceedings, prosecutors said Thursday.
Ayfer Kaya, who acts as a spokeswoman for the PKK, was detained on March 2 after arriving in Germany from Austria in a car with Italian registration plates, police sources said.
Prosecutors said there was an Interpol alert for Kaya, who is wanted in Turkey on two arrest warrants.
Officials said the Munich high court would take up the case once an extradition request was made by Turkey.
Ocalan was seized in Kenya in 1999 and flown back to Turkey where he was put on trial, convicted of terrorism and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Ankara blames the separatist group for the deaths of more than 32,000 people since the early 1980s when the PKK began its fight for independence or autonomy for the mainly Kurdish-populated south-east of Turkey.